Animated TV Shows–Definitely Not Always for the Kids!

Maybe it’s the kid in all of us that makes watching cartoons fun even after we’ve grown up. Animated TV shows for adults are often clever and sometimes crass. One of the most successful examples of an animated show is “The Simpsons,” created by Matt Groening. Twenty years ago, “The Simpsons” was the first animated series to land a spot in prime time and it’s still going strong today. Fans of the show realize that just because it’s about a family, it doesn’t necessarily mean the show was created for family viewing.

The Simpsons

Proof of the popularity of animation as a genre can be found in the accolades and sponsor power it receives. FOX dedicates 150 minutes every Sunday night to its animated lineup which includes “The Simpsons” and two shows created by Seth Mcfarlane: “Family Guy” and “American Dad.” “Family Guy” was recently nominated for an Emmy in the category of Best Comedy, an honor that no animated series has received since 1961 when “The Flintstones” was nominated.

Cartoon Network embraced the idea of animation for adults years ago when they began “Adult Swim,” a late-night block of shows that includes quirky programs like “Robot Chicken” and “Aqua Team Hunger Force.” But not all animated series are meant to get laughs. Japanese manga has been a huge influence on the art of animation and anime series like “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood” are the result of that influence. “Fullmetal Alchemist” is set during the European Industrial Revolution and follows two brothers exploring the applications of alchemy. Not exactly something your four-year old would be into on a Saturday morning!

The DISH Hopper® makes it easy for the grownups in the family to enjoy their favorite animated shows when the kids aren’t around. For extra privacy only the Hopper lets you watch recorded and live programs from any TV in the house. You can watch “The Simpsons” in the bedroom while the younger set enjoys “The Mickey Mouse Club” in the living room. If you still haven’t outgrown cartoons, you’re in good company, and if you haven’t found a favorite animated series to enjoy it’s not too late. Just make sure you preview the new show before sitting down to watch it with your kids.


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